Mowatt’s stunner tames Terriers
STEVE EVANS insists he will make it his life’s work to ensure Leeds United’s fortunes take an about-turn after his side earned their second win in a week after blowing away Huddersfield Town.
Mirco Antenucci and Chris Wood both scored in first-half stoppage time, while a simply majestic second-half strike from Alex Mowatt ended an excellent week for Evans with a derby win.
Winless after his first three games, doubts surrounding the appointment refused to simmer down, but Evans himself believes, given a chance, his devotion to the cause will ultimately result in success.
“All I ask at Leeds United and the people of Leeds is that they do give me an opportunity. I’m going to try with both hands to grab that opportunity,” he said.
“I’ve said if I drive out of Leeds and it’s tomorrow or if I get removed next year or whenever it might be, I’ll be broken hearted because I’ve put everything into my job.
“There’s no question that we are better than our current position.
“I didn’t plan for us to play so poorly in the first 30 minutes but the first piece of quality in the game came from Stuart Dallas when he created the goal and it was a piece of magic for the second goal.
“In the second half the team talk didn’t change, they knew I wasn’t happy but they weren’t happy and that’s a good sign when they walk in not happy despite being 2-0 up in this league.
“You can’t be having days off when you are in 17th and 18th in the league like the Championship. We were pleased with the final end product around the box. I think that it was more clinical.”
A nasty head injury to Leeds defender Liam Cooper stood out during an uneventful first half, but Leeds used the eight minutes of stoppage time to their advantage, racing into a two-goal lead.
Scott Wootton’s searching ball up the right flank was nodded down by Wood to Dallas, who then delivered a delicious ball into the six-yard box where Antenucci was on hand to score.
And then two minutes later Wood himself was well placed to tap in from five yards after Antenucci had done extremely well to reach the byline before cutting the ball back for his striker.
The third, coming on 54 minutes, was special – Wootton rising highest to win a header that bounced kindly for Mowatt, who then smashed the ball into the top corner with his left foot from 25 yards.
Marco Silvestri then made two magnificent saves to deny James Vaughan’s powerful strike and Harry Bunn from close range.
But with new Town manager David Wagner watching on from the stands, academy boss Mark Lillis believes the new man will have plenty of talent to work with despite the result.
“I thought the performance was good and I was pleased with the way we went about especially the second half, I told the lads we showed a lot of bravery,” he said.
“I was really pleased, the third goal is a fantastic goal, you know that killed us but you know we kept going right till the end and we could have had a goal.
“I’m really gutted for the supporters but I feel like I’ve let them down sometimes because I’ve played in a derby and I know what’s It’s like when you win a derby.
“David Wagner will have new ideas and I will be listening to him a lot and hopefully he will learn off me as well.”
MOW’S THAT! A wonder goal from Alex Mowatt helped Leeds see of their Yorkshire rivals Huddersfield